Newsletter ~ April 28, 2018
The Special Session of the General Assembly produced yet another House of Delegate’s budget that includes medicaid expansion, which gives health care to nearly 400,000 Virginians who currently do not currently qualify. I was proud to once again vote for the House Budget, as it not only expands medicaid, but it also includes major investments in education at all levels, new initiatives for job creation and economic opportunity, and enhanced funding for mental health and the social safety net. The House budget also includes pay raises for teachers and other state employees. (Please see below the vote from the Special Session, and a picture of Senator Jennifer McClellan, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Delegate Lee Carter, and me during the reconvene session.) The Senate will be meeting on Monday, May 14th. I am hopeful that the Senate will ultimately decide to pass a budget that also includes medicaid expansion.
In the General Assembly, I proudly supported HB2, which requires the Board of Education to provide for teacher licensure by reciprocity for any spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Commonwealth. The bill passed both Houses and was signed by the Governor. It will go into effect July 1, 2018.
Senator Lynwood Lewis and I were very happy to attend the 30th Anniversary Governor’s School of the Arts Gala. In order to commemorate the fine work of the GSA, we presented HJ 446, a joint resolution we both sponsored in the House and Senate.
Attending Civic League meetings is just one way in which I continue to stay in contact with my constituents. I was asked to present an overview of this year’s General Assembly session by the Fairfield Civic League. I look forward to attending other Civic League meetings in my district in the coming months.
It is an honor to be here with Congressman Bobby Scott to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation and to help them support Samaritan House.
Yours in service,